Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 3, 2015)
Word of the Day

affront

Definition:(noun) A deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect.
Synonyms:insult
Usage: Your deliberate implication that I stole the money is an affront to my character.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions with Nouns

Certain prepositions can be used in conjunction with nouns to connect, emphasize, or provide clarification for ideas expressed in sentences. In this combination, how is the preposition always positioned? More...
Article of the Day

El Dorado

El Dorado—Spanish for "the gilded man"—is the fabled city of gold and jewels believed by the 16th-century Spanish and other Europeans to exist somewhere in South America. The legend supposedly originated from the Chibcha people of Colombia, who each year anointed a chieftain and rolled him in gold, which he then ceremonially washed off in a sacred lake, casting offerings of emeralds and gold into the waters. Who were some of the explorers who searched for El Dorado, and where did they look? More...
This Day in History

The Day the Music Died (1959)

During an extensive tour of the midwestern US, American rock-and-roll musician Buddy Holly chartered a small plane to transport him to his next gig. Fellow performers Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson, who was known as "The Big Bopper," filled the remaining seats. Tragically, the plane crashed, killing everyone on board. The event was later called "the day the music died" by Don McLean in his song "American Pie." Which of the passengers was said to have won his seat on the plane by a coin flip? More...
Today's Birthday

Gertrude Stein (1874)

Stein was an American avant-garde writer and notable patron of the arts. While she was living in Paris, her home became a salon for leading artists and writers, including Picasso and Hemingway. An early supporter of Cubism, she tried to parallel its theories in her work, employing a unique prose style characterized by the use of repetition, fragmentation, and the continuous present. Her only book to reach a wide audience, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas was actually about whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is...the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Idiom of the Day

the wee small hours (of the night/morning)

The very early hours after midnight. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Agatha Festival (2015)

Sant' Agata (St. Agatha) is especially revered in Catania, Sicily, where her relics are preserved in a silver casket. On February 3, 4, and 5 each year, a silver bust of St. Agatha wearing a jewel-encrusted crown is carried in procession from the cathedral to Catania's various churches. Included in the procession are the ceri, huge wooden replicas of candlesticks that are carved with episodes from the saint's martyrdom. The streets are lined with streamers and flowers, and illuminated by strings of colored lights after dark. The festival ends with a fireworks display in the piazza. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: thicker

concave lens, convex lens - A concave lens is thinner at the center; a convex lens is thicker at the center. More...

plank, board - A plank is thicker than a board. More...

clotted cream - Cream made thicker and richer by cooking. More...

skin - The term for the thin, tight covering on carrots, potatoes, grapes, and peaches—but also the thicker covering of bananas and avocados. More...

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